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416 pages, Hardcover
First published April 3, 2018
“Spend too long watching the long game and the short game will kill you.”
“The greatest threat to any faith is not other faiths or beliefs but the corruption and division of its own message”
“But I must warn you, sister, that a sickness runs in me, and if you fashion yourself my enemy I will make a ruin of your life, for I am born of war.”
“It’s hard to see old friends with new eyes.”
“She had lost a shadow, lost two friends, and gained a devil.”
“Trust is the most insidious of poisons.”
“We are all part of the Ancestor’s tree. A twig that breaks free will, however advantageous the wind, fall and wither in time.”
“Before you die I’ll take your fingers, one by one, and then your eyes.” He stood and at the last moment pulled his knife up through her nose. The sudden burning pain made her cry out. Hot blood spilled across her face, the taste of it filling her mouth.I'M JUST KIDDING, GUYS. Do NOT get this book for your Harry-Potter loving kids unless you want to pay for a lifetime of therapy. It's bloody, there's torture and evil and murder and blood. Not recommended for kids.
The rocks around her began to bleed. An awful rasping breath shuddered through the blackness. And out there a howling hate, condensing. A darker clot of night. The stench of decay surrounded her. Screams of pain worse than the abbess had made when they’d burned her.Love it. Can't wait for the third.
“The understanding that power corrupts is an idea older than the language we repeat in. All of us in positions that afford authority over others are susceptible, be we high priests, prime instigators, even abbesses.”
“Those novices are my friends and I would die for them. I would face a terror for them that I haven’t the courage to stand against on my own behalf.”
“The greatest threat to any faith is not other faiths or beliefs but the corruption and division of its own message.”
“It's when your power is taken, or given, away that you discover who your friends are, brother. There's a lesson for us all in that.”
“There are many poisons that will induce madness but none perhaps quite so effective as love.”
”I love you as a sister, and when we die we will be together in the Ancestor, our blood mixed.” […] ”But I must warn you, sister, that a sickness runs in me, and if you fashion yourself my enemy I will make a ruin of your life, for I am born of war.”
I've been at this convent five years, Keot, and I've learned to believe in something more than myself. All this time Wheel has been banging on about the Ancestor, about all those who came before and have gone beyond. But the larger thing I believe in is what's here and now. Those novices are my friends and I would die for them. I would face a terror for them that I haven't the courage to stand against on my own behalf.
"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."